Is Driving Under the Speed Limit Illegal? Subaru XV Dealer Advice

May 21, 2019 City Subaru
Subaru XV

The Subaru XV is an excellent vehicle for driving to work and taking out into the country for adventures. However, many drivers are confused about how they should treat a speed limit. On the surface it seems simple, you recognise the speed limit and then stay under it or face the consequences. But, how far do you stay under the speed limit? Is it even possible to drive too slow? In this article we will examine this issue in more detail, to help you make better driving decisions.

The Rules of the Road

So, is it illegal to drive too slowly under the speed limit? This is a hard question to answer, and each situation may be very different. If you are drive extremely slowly, far under the listed speed limit, you could be committing an offence. There may be legitimate reasons to drive slowly, as an example: perhaps you’re in a new area and you need more time to navigate, or you’re trying to spot a turn or other landmark. This may annoy the drivers behind you, this may be less of a problem in an area with a lower speed limit and if there are few or no other cars on the road. However, if you are driving at abnormally slow speeds, you could find yourself in trouble.

Australian Road Rule 125

The Royal Automobile Association (RAA) have advised that driving too slowly could breach Australian Road Rule 125. This rule clearly states that a driver must not unreasonably obstruct the path of another vehicle. Now, one could argue that driving at a slower speed isn’t directly related to obstructing other cars on the road. There is some legal wiggle room on how this particular law is applied, but the RAA have provided a clear example showing that driving at 20 km/h through an 80 km/h zone would be considered to be an abnormally slow driving speed.

Nationwide Variances

When you look at a Subaru XV for sale, you will notice that it’s well equipped with the latest technology and safety features. This is a safe vehicle, but driving too slowly can be dangerous, and that’s why it’s subject to legal penalties. Our Australian Road Rules are applied across the entire country, but each State and Territory may apply them in a slightly different way.

The Western Australia Police Force has stated in the past that there is a minimum speed limit in place on the freeways. When driving here, you can go no slower than 20 km/h under the stated speed limit on the freeway. If you do drive at a slower speed, it’s far more likely that you will get pulled over by the Police.

It’s also worth stating that if you’re driving in breach of the law, you will probably be driving in breach of your car insurance agreement. So, if you get into an accident by driving too slowly, your insurance cover could be voided. If you need further information get in touch with your local road authority for more detailed advice.

If they are searching for a Subaru XV for sale, Perth based drivers should contact Perth City Subaru to arrange your no obligation test drive today.

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